Minutes: December 23rd, 2008

DECEMBER 23, 2008   7:30 P.M.

The regular business meeting of the Catawba Island Township Board of Trustees was called to order by chairman William Rofkar at 7:30 p.m. in the conference room on December 23, 2008 followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  In attendance:  William Rofkar, Gary Mortus, Robert Schroeder, absent, Jack DeVore, Matt Montowski, Roger Smith, Mr. & Mrs. Chic Elum, John Smothers, James Stouffer, Jim Radloff and Pat Cerny. 

Gary Mortus made a motion to approve the minutes of the previous business meeting as received and the Zoning Hearing seconded by William Rofkar.  Gary Mortus aye; William Rofkar, aye.  Gary Mortus made a motion to approve and pay the bills in the amount of $49,837.02 seconded by William Rofkar.  Gary Mortus, aye; William Rofkar, aye. 

Correspondence received; copy of Ohio Department of Transportation Mileage Certification, Port Clinton Chamber of Commerce Newsletter; Ottawa County Auditor requesting settlement of real estate tax by wire transfer; Firelands notification of random drug testing participation; resignation letter from Dave Drusbacky from the Zoning Commission, Time Warner Cable channel changes. 

Matt Montowski stated a gentleman came to the Zoning Commission meeting on December 17 requesting a sign permit for a LED sign at the Mon Ami.  Pat Cerny spoke to Regional Planning in regard to the sign and was advised to show the application to the Zoning Commission and the Catawba Island Township Trustees to get their input.  Gary Mortus stated the sign is in the township’s right of way.  The Commission and Pat Cerny thought this type of sign may set a precedent on the island.
She also stated he may take this to the Board of Zoning Appeals.  The Trustees agree. 

Roger Smith spoke in behalf of the gypsy moths and stated he has put together a task team and he will pursue the bid process and the bids should be in by February.  He has also been working with Reggie Langford putting this file together.  There have been 23 traps set and 333 bugs were trapped.  William Rofkar would still like to speak to someone from the State of Ohio and John Smothers is working on this.  William Rofkar would like to know what the concentration is that would warrant spraying and do we need to spray for them now or can we wait two years or three years. 

Gary Mortus stated he asked Dan Barlow to check into an automatic switch for the generator in the Community Hall in case the building needs to be used as a shelter.  Gary Mortus also stated Robert Rogers will be off on medical leave and John Gangway will be in charge. 

Gary Mortus made a motion to continue using Firelands Medical Center Drug and Alcohol Screening Program for our CDL drivers seconded by William Rofkar.  Motion carried unanimously. 
William Rofkar made a motion to approve $4200.00 for two sets of heavy duty wheels for the snow plow blades from Judco seconded by Gary Mortus.  All voted aye. 

William Rofkar stated he would be the representative for the Business Advisory Council for the school system. 

Gary Mortus stated we have a contract with the county in regard to plowing the West Road and they pay three-quarters of our salt bill which works well.  William Rofkar stated, at the present time,  the State of Ohio will continue plowing Route 53.

The reorganizational meeting will be Tuesday, December 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the conference room. 

Gary Mortus made a motion for adjournment seconded by William Rofkar.  Motion carried unanimously.


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